[Covington, Ky.; Cincinnati, Ohio: The author]; Printed for the author by Jennings and Graham, 1912.
[Jessie Bright Henderson Colville]. Octavo (19.5 x 13 cm.), 134 pages. Tables on endpapers. Lined blank pages intercalated. "Index" is actually a table of contents. ~ Evident FIRST EDITION. "At the request of encouraging friends, I offer to the public this little book of tried and proven recipes handed down to me by several generations and many given me by good friends." Thus the first words of the author's preface gratefully testify to the role of author as conduit, and to the diffuse responsibility for the contents of her anthology within a community of friends and family. With some three hundred fifty recipes, including: Spoon Bread, Rice Waffles, Corn Dodgers, Cinnamon Buns, Fresh Mushroom Soup, Cream of Chestnut Soup, Anchovy Toast, Oysters Pendennis, Shad Roe, Mutton Chops en Casserole, Breaded Pork Chops, Panned Tomatoes, Potatoes au Gratin O'Brien, Stuffed Eggplant, Fried Mush, Perfection Salad, Endive Salad, Cucumber Salad, Pepper Hash, Sweet Pear Pickle, Apple Pudding, Bourbon Pudding, Coffee Parfait, Prune Soufflé, Fruit Cookies, Walnut Cup Cakes, Pecan Cake, Peach Ice Cream, Lalla Rookh (with rum), Frozen Rice Pudding, Cherry Conserve, Green Grape Jelly. ~ Both Jessie Bright Henderson Colville (1875-1959) and her husband Hugh Pretlow Colville (1871-1953) were life-long residents of Kenton County, born in and for many years leading citizens of Covington. Hugh Colville had married Jessie Henderson, the daughter of noted physician, in 1897. Like his father, he made a career in finance, ascending to high office in the German National Bank of Covington and the Central Trust Company of Cincinnati, and presiding over the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company, which operated the suspension bridge over the Ohio River. Jessie Henderson Colville was prominent in social- and civic-improvement circles, serving as hostess at the Colville home on East Second Street, still imposing in what is known today as the Licking Riverside Historic District. ~ In 1923, an enlarged edition of A Kentucky Woman's Handy Cook Book, expanded to 158 pages, was issued by the author in a printing by the Caxton Press (presumably of Cincinnati). ~ In publisher's buff oilcloth, titled and decorated in green; light rubbing to edges. Near fine. Scarce. [OCLC locates six copies; Bitting, page 96; Brown 1129; Willigen, pages 225-6; not in Cook].